British children’s charity Small Steps has been helped in a fund-raising auction by donations from international Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and a London (Richmond) gallery.
Small Steps, which helps children with physical disabilities or genetic disorders, received the racket as a contribution to an auction held in May 2017.
Small Steps says its fund-raising auctions help it work with children and enable them to stay positive and make the most of their potential. The children that attend Small Steps have physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy or genetic disorders or syndromes. The children “need a great deal of extra stimulation and assistance to help them reach even the most basic milestones,” adds the charity. Small Steps provides opportunities for the children to learn skills across all areas of their development. More info at https://www.smallstepsmayball.org.uk/ Charity auction: https://www.smallstepsmayball.org.uk/
Novak Djokovic’s donated and highly collectible Austrian-brand Head racket was presented by the Ladak Gallery in a matt black, boxed frame. A rarely available artefact, the donated object came complete with broken strings, a certificate of authenticity and signed by Djokovic.
Djokovic, winner of 12 Grand Slams–the fourth highest tally ever–is currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. As of May 2017 Djokovic holds the best match winning rate (82.8%) in Open Era. He has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most in history, and held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 223 weeks.